Dom Testa

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Swap Places for Ten Bucks

he line at the post office snaked almost to the door. I couldn’t do the self-serve kiosk because I was using Media Mail, so I had to get to the counter. Looked to me like about a 20-minute wait.

I began to contemplate a tactical move. What if I went up to the second or third person in line and offered them $10 to swap places? Not let me cut in line, because that would piss off everyone who essentially got bumped back another spot. No, the person would walk back and take my spot and I’d move into their place, in exchange for an Alexander Hamilton.

They might take the deal. Or they might say no, whereupon the person behind them - or ahead of them - might say, “I’ll do that.”

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Do Audiobooks Count as Reading?

Is listening to an audio book the same as reading a book?

I keep a list of the books I’ve read during each calendar year. It usually ends up being somewhere between 22 and 30 titles. Not a ton, but a fair number.

(I read mostly at night before bed, and it’s tough sometimes to keep from dozing off. And that’s not a critique of the writing. I’m just tired after getting up at 3:45am.)

One of my co-workers heard about my list, and said their own list wouldn’t be very long because they mostly listen to audiobooks. I was puzzled. Why wouldn’t that count?

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